Abstract: Geographic Information System (GIS) has been proven in many studies and experiences to aid in the decision-making process based on Multi-Criteria Evaluation (MCE) techniques. This study aims to evaluate the suitability of the Province of La Union, Philippines for beekeeping using GIS and MCE techniques. This study presents an empirical method for suitability analysis involving GIS and the participation of stakeholders and experts in the decision-making process. The empirical conceptual model used in this study contains three main components: database creation and management; spatial and multi-criteria analysis and validation process. As an integral part of the model, the final suitability map was validated through a correlation analysis method involving the existing beekeeping projects honey yield data and the calculated suitability values. Results showed relatively high correlation between the suitability index and honey yield. This indicates some degree of reliability of the model used and the output produced. The results of this study may be used as a basis in evaluating the suitability of other areas for beekeeping. It may also serve as a take-off board for more complex studies in the future.
Ronald C. Estoque and Yuji Murayama, 2010. Suitability Analysis for Beekeeping Sites in La Union, Philippines, Using GIS and Multi-Criteria Evaluation Techniques. Research Journal of Applied Sciences, 5: 242-253.